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Old 02-02-2010, 10:13 PM   #1
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WSJ: Textbook Firms Ink E-Deals for iPad

Textbook Firms Ink E-Deals For iPad


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Major textbook publishers have struck deals with software company ScrollMotion Inc. to adapt their textbooks for the electronic page, as the industry embraces a hope that digital devices such as Apple Inc.'s iPad will transform the classroom.

The publishers are tapping the know-how of ScrollMotion Inc. to develop textbook applications and test-prep and study guides for the iPad.

"People have been talking about the impact of technology on education for 25 years. It feels like it is really going to happen in 2010," said Rik Kranenburg, group president of higher education for the education unit of McGraw-Hill Cos.
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:18 PM   #2
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I'm sure most people know this already, but Wall Street Journal stories are often behind a pay wall. But, for some reason, they allow Google to show the entire story. So, for the example link above, you may see just a summary of the story. But if you put " Textbook Firms Ink E-Deals For iPad " into Google, you will get a link that has the full text of the story. More details are here.
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I'm sure most people know this already, but Wall Street Journal stories are often behind a pay wall. But, for some reason, they allow Google to show the entire story. So, for the example link above, you may see just a summary of the story. But if you put " Textbook Firms Ink E-Deals For iPad " into Google, you will get a link that has the full text of the story. More details are here.
It's because Google said they wouldn't index them if the indexes didn't lead to content. They didn't want to provide hits to a website that weren't going to actually answer the user's query. Same reason expertexchange has the answers to the questions at the veeeeery bottom of the page.
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It's about time! It just makes sense to have ebook technology for students.

Need to change an entry in the textbook? The publisher just sends a quick update, and all users of that textbook are current.

I would hope this would create a new pricing model for textbooks. One price (cheaper than now) to "borrow" the book for a time frame of say the semester it is to be used, with a week or two padding on both sides of that time. Another option (current prices) for the book to be owned by the student and accessible for years.

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My one e-textbook experience so far was very disappointing. I am wary of stories like this one...
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